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Sometimes Perfection Just Needs to be Messed With:Chocolate Squared Banana Bread


One heaping cup of excellent quality unsweetened cocoa powder, three-fourths of a cup of bittersweet (70%) chocolate chips and two very ripe bananas.  Are you with me yet?  I should say so.

Truthfully, I am such a fan of my plain and simple chocolate chip banana bread recipe that I really never have seen the need to take it a step further and make it a double chocolate loaf.  I had the, “Why mess with perfection?,” mentality.

Silly, silly girl that I am.  Sometimes perfection just demands to be messed with. I am a professed chocoholic so why on EARTH I haven’t tried this recipe from Dorie Greenspan before is totally beyond comprehension.

Yet, here we are, with an insanely decadent (oh crap I used the most overused word on the food blogosphere tied only with delicious—I think this post might self-destruct.), chocolate squared, banana bread, and all I can ask myself is why I have waited so, so long to meet up with this bread; to make it, pinch off a bite as I walk by, slather it with peanut butter, or justifiably eat a slice for breakfast.  After all, it is banana bread…a perfectly legit breakfast, no?

Are you starting to get the idea that I am a bit obsessed with this bread? If so, then right on sister (or mister…sorry guys) because I have truly lost my mind for this bread, and I am sadly in the middle of trying to diet, eat more healthfully and generally shed a few inches before that damned bathing suit season is upon me.  But alas, I think I have thrown in the towel, waved the white flag, and have sheepishly walked away with my tail between my legs.

I have been beaten by this bread because I just can’t be separated from it.  Try using a crow bar—my husband did and yet I am still attached to a slice as we speak.   Maybe I should instruct you not to make it.  Maybe this post should have started with a warning, a huge highlighted disclaimer that shouts MOVE ALONG TO THE NEXT BLOG…OR READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!  Maybe…

Chocolate Squared Banana Bread
From, Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (good quality makes a huge difference)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 c. buttermilk (I did not have this and used 1/2 c. milk and 1/4 c. lowfat plain Greek yogurt…worked out GREAT!)
3/4 c. chocolate chips (Dorie recommends 1/2 c. but I went whole hog)

For the bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray coat a glass 9×5 inch loaf pan.  To prevent the bottom from over baking, place the loaf pan onto two cookie sheets stacked together.

In a large bowl, sift or whisk (Like I did) the flour through the baking soda.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until creamy.  Then, add the eggs and the mashed bananas and combine.

Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine on low speed until ingredients are mixed together.  Add 1/2 the buttermilk or milk and yogurt combination and combine on low.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients and the buttermilk or milk and yogurt combination and mix until just incorporated.  Do not over mix.

Put the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes and then turn your oven down to 325 and finish baking for another 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is firm to the touch.

* Dorie recommends placing a “tent” of foil over the top for the first 30 minutes and then bake another 45 minutes…all at 350 degrees.  I did the above mentioned and it came out perfectly but to each his or her own. I like simplicity and keeping things fast and easy for me.

38 thoughts on “Sometimes Perfection Just Needs to be Messed With:Chocolate Squared Banana Bread

  1. Hey who you calling sister? I wasn’t really offended. I am going to show my wife this one, she’ll probably start making it immediately. Oh wait no bananas. She’ll survive.

  2. Ohh Geni you always amaze me with your chocolate creations..I love this bread of your..delicious and perfect!!
    Have a beautiful evening!!!

  3. Looks so chocolatey rich and moist. Love the recipe

  4. I’m making this. Yesterday.

  5. YES!!!! I was considering baking something tonight (mainly because its my parents groceries and not mine) and thought I’d check your blog to see what I felt like.

    Problem solved. 🙂

  6. This looks delicious! And TOTALLY justifiable to eat it for breakfast. Bananas – hello! Potassium! 😉

  7. Ok – I want you to know I just took this out of the oven. Its amazing. My dad topped his slice with butter and whipped cream. He says his cholesterol was looking a little low. 🙂

  8. Ohhh nooooo….. okay..I’ll make it. But…. I must wait a week… seeing as I just finished my big double chocolate date loaf! Another seriously great chocolate loaf. Although, I have taken to calling it chocolate surprise loaf…as it never seems to turn out the same way twice for some reason….

  9. This looks simply amazing! A combination of two of my favourite ingredients: chocolate and banana! Wonderful!

  10. Chocolate.Banana.Bread.Slathered.With.Peanut.Butter. Come to momma.

  11. Oh my. This looks delicious! I love that you had it with peanut butter and bananas (and I see some almonds for protien?). Perfect breakfast!

  12. Geni. I’m dying. I love banana bread, and I do not know HOW I HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED adding chocolate. I gasped out loud when I read the title of your post. How have I lived this long without chocolate banana bread in my life?

  13. woah! looks super chocolatey!

  14. I do believe I would sliver this to death! My kids know exactly how I am when I’m faced with a to die for baked item in my kitchen! As I am definitely going to try this out, it will have to be when I’m bringing it to a party so there will be no leftovers in my kitchen!!

  15. I own that cookbook, and I can’t believe I haven’t noticed that recipe! How is that even possible??

  16. Okay, so I have always wanted to make the black bottomed banana bread, but I think this has surpassed that…and to quote..I think I will go “whole hog” on this one…Yummy!!!

  17. Ok folks…can I use this place as a self-help group and a confessional all at the same time? I am desperately craving chocolate right now and I know I have this waiting for me at home! How do I ignore it and just let my family enjoy it without me and no, one teeny bite isn’t ever where it ends…it’s like eating only one french fry…just not humanly possible.

  18. Geni- I think you are totally justified to have some of this for breakfast. It has banana so it is healthy, right? It looks so delicious! I want to make some but I am afraid I might eat way too much of it! But, I’m bookmarking it anyway 🙂


    My mom is trying to diet…she’s going to kill me when I make this 🙂

  20. I love anything banana.Make banana bread atleast once a week, your take with rich decadent chocolate is to die for.I have to try this out soon!

  21. CHOCOLATE! Now you know I love anything chocolate Geni. And this Chocolate Squared Banana Bread sounds divine. Although I don’t eat bread a lot I would eat this in a heartbeat.

  22. Oh, I can’t decide if I’m glad or sad that I’ve seen this after I made my bread last week. It looks so, so, so good – and I’d probably eat it all in one sitting. It’s on my list, though… to be made (and devoured) some time in the near future.

  23. we mixed in shredded coconut with the chocolate chips, and it was delicious!

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  25. Oh, this looks great. I would break my diet for just a slice. Is is a good way to use over ripe bananas.

  26. Wow, those are some BROWN bananas! The browner the better, though… I bet they made the cake, along with the cocoa powder, taste nice and naturally sweet. The bread looks perfectly delicious! Great job. 🙂

  27. oh my! this looks perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack AND dessert! YUM!

  28. yummy..yum..would love to have at any time..
    new to your space…fantastic recipe collection here..love your presentation..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  29. And I happen to have a banana that looks just like yours in my fruit bowl. Hmmmm…

  30. i am just drooling over this right now! they look so good. thanks for sharing this Geni and have a great day!

  31. Chocolate and banana’s! I’m in love!
    That is one fantastic banana bread, Geni!

  32. You definitely need a big warning on this post…not only for making the recipe but also for viewing the pictures!! Your photos of the bread are just killing me!!! Dang it looks good!! Well…way better than good actually! I’ve no doubt you’d need a crowbar to pry me away from it!!

    I’ve kind felt like you…why mess with perfection when it comes to banana bread. I have this one recipe for banana bread and since I found it, I don’t wanna make it any other way. Now I realize I do. I just gotta try this! And yes…it’ll be for breakfast!! 🙂

  33. glad you messed with it, Geni!

  34. I agree with not wanting to mess with a solid chocolate chip banana bread recipe. I’ve got one that I cherish and tried to tweak once, much to the husband’s dismay. This I think he would like though. Quite a bit actually…so much that he’d probably have a slice for breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner. 🙂

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  36. This chocolate banana bread makes my mouth watering! I am definitely trying this!

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